Continuing this week’s streak of topical Morning Hangovers, today’s post is inspired by yesterday’s shocking display of “officiating” that resulted in the loss of a perfect game for Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga. Not only was it just a terrible call in general, but it kept Galarraga from becoming just the 21st pitcher ever to pitch a perfect game (not to mention the third perfect game pitched this season alone). After the game, the umpire who blew the call apologized to Galarraga, and Galarraga was admirably gracious about the whole ordeal. But that doesn’t change the fact that one stupid call cost him his place in the history books (“But using instant replay at will would just cheapen the glory of the game! Wah!").
Anyway, out of the ashes of this tragic occurrence came the idea for this post, which is this: what are the games that you, for whatever reason, consider to be “perfect” but that also have at least one glaring mistake that you knowingly overlook because the rest of the game is just so damn good? Like, I would say the platforming in Psychonauts is rather atrocious (and when your game is a platformer, that can be a pretty substantial issue), but the writing, design, performances and style are all so brilliant that I would gladly deal with the frustration of trying to cope with the game’s depth perception issues just to explore the next area or watch the next cutscene.
So what are your picks for "perfect" games that are in actuality nearly perfect?